Collaborative Research and Training Centre for Neglected Tropical Diseases

AMU’s Collaborative Research & Training Center for Neglected Tropical Disease (CRTC-NTD) came into being in the year 2015. It’s the only renowned institution in Ethiopia, which is looking into NTDs scenario by conducting research and ensuring quality data to address evident gaps for decision and policy-making. It also offers trainings on prioritized areas, consultancy services and touches innumerable lives through community services.

NTDs scenario: NTDs are a group of chronic parasitic diseases that represent the most common illnesses of 2•7 billion indigent people globally, of which over 1 billion, 7th of world’s population suffer from one or more NTDs. And despite substantial burden NTDs have largely been ignored in the global health permutation.

More than half of the global burden of NTDs is believed to be in Africa, where Ethiopia is the second most affected nation. Today, NTDs continue to debilitate, deform, blind and kill sizeable proportions in Ethiopia as well as in catchment areas that can be witnessed in nearby (Ocholo) community in Arba Minch Zuriya district of Southern Ethiopia.

Furthermore, data on burden and their distribution is incomplete, impact assessments are not usually done and as there are very few research outputs available. Neither there is any research and training center that can bridge the gap in this regard, hence, the need for the establishment of CRTC-NTD in Arba Minch University in 2015.

Since beginning it had remarkable achievement both at local and national level for it has been independently monitoring the process of Mass Drug Administration throughout all regions and city administrations in Ethiopia.

VISION

It aims to be the center of excellence in research, training and consultancy on NTDs in East Africa by 2025

MISSION

It’s committed to conduct problem-solving & demand-driven research, training and consultancy services to produce pool of experts and to generate clinching clinical evidence befitting for policy formulation and designing standard programs at regional and national level.

OBJECTIVE

  • Conduct research, mapping, impact-assessment and generate timely and reliable information to serve as potential facts for policy formulation
  • Build expertise by imparting need-based training to UG and PG students
  • Organize in-service training's for healthcare providers with emphasis on surveillance, prevention, case management, control and elimination of NTDs
  • Foster strategic alliances with health service providers, organizations, professional associations, academic and research institutions within Ethiopia and abroad
  • Services on prevention, treatment and control of NTDs including development of IEC/BBC materials

CRTC-NTD operates on three areas i.e. Research, Community Service and Consultancy

RESEARCH: It conducts research, mapping and impact-assessment of interventions on NTDs under below mentioned thematic and sub-thematic areas.

CONSULTANCY SERVICE: It offers services on NTDs to all of its collaborators

Download Thematic & Sub-Thematic Areas and highlights of research activities.

Download Ongoing and Completed Projects.

List of Training's

S.No

Titles

Type of participants

Numbers

 

Year

1

Training on Safe Drinking Water, Sanitation and Promotion of Hygienic Practice

Primary or secondary school directors and  teachers

30

2018

2

Training on laboratory diagnostic methods in parasitological survey with emphasis on STHs and SCH

Medical laboratory science professionals

27

2018

3

Training on Leishmaniasis diagnosis and management

Doctors, nurses, public health experts and medical lab science professionals

57

2018

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Focuses on relevant service to the community by providing standard demand-driven training in the area of NTDs based on gap analysis.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATORS are listed below:

  • World Health Organization
  • International Trachoma Initiative
  • Schistosomiasis Control Initiative
  • National Podoconiosis Action Network
  • Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
  • Response to Intervention for all NTDs
  • Federal Ministry of Health for all NTDs
  • EPHI, AHRI, Charter center for LF and Onch
  • Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Jimma and Gonder universities
  • Akililu Lema Institute of Pathobiology for STH and SCH
  • Regional Health Offices
  • Woreda Health Offices
  • Hospitals And Health Centers

STAFF PROFILE:

S. No

Name

Academic Rank

Position

Email

1

Mrs Tigist Gezmu

MSc

Director (Asst. Professor)

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2

Mr Alemayehu Bekele

MPH

Associate Researcher

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3

Mr Mekuria Asnakew

MPH

Associate Researcher

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4

Dr. Teshome Gebre

PhD

Associate professor

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5

Dr. Ayana Yeneabat

MD, MPH

Associate professor

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CONTACT US:

Name: Tigist Gezmu

Position: Director

Academic Rank: Assistant Professor (Medical Microbiologist)

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Phone: +251 911858345

P O BOX 21

Arba Minch, Ethiopia